Megan, Licensed Dental Hygienist
We are also very happy to have Megan join our team in the summer of 2008. Again, like Jenna, she is a very thorough hygienist with a soft touch and has a wonderful, comforting personality. Megan is originally from Madison, WI (yes, she is a Packer Fan!), and moved to the Twin Cities where she attended the University of Minnesota and received her degree in Dental Hygiene. In May of 2007, Megan was awarded the Naomi Rhode Dental Hygienist Patient Relationship Award. This award was given in recognition of a graduating student who exhibited exceptional interpersonal skills with patients. Megan also was a member of the University of Minnesota Cheerleading Team where she cheered for the U of M athletics. Megan's professional affiliations include the American Dental Hygiene Association and the American Dental Education Association.
Megan and her husband, Mike, have have two little ones Mason and Monroe (Roe). Her interests outside the office include home decoration, spending time with her friends and family, and taking her French Bulldog/Pug mix puppy (Olive) to the dog park.
Sandi, Scheduling Manager & Insurance/Financial Coordinator
Sandi was Dr. Lira's scheduling manager when he first started practicing in 1999. She has brought her experience and knowledge to Cities Dental and works with patients with scheduling and to coordinate insurance benefits and finances. Not only does she keep our front office going, she is also a Licensed Dental Assistant (Minnesota State Mankato graduate) so she has a deep understanding of treatment plans and patient needs.
Sandi is originally from Glencoe, MN, spent a long time living in Arlington, MN and now lives in Buffalo, MN. She graduated from Glencoe Senior High where she was active in sports and cheerleading. Sandi has a degree as a Medical Office Assistant & Medical Secretary from Willmar Vocational School. She has 3 children, Justin, Jaime and Janessa. Her daughter, Janessa, is a Dental Hygienist and has filled in at our office in the past. Sandi loves spending time with her two young granddaughters and with her dog, Rydell. She is our resident Kingpin/Queenpin as she loves to bowl and can score higher than the rest of us combined. Going to the local race track where she plays the role of videographer at times is another hobby she enjoys. She is an avid NASCAR/Dale Jr. Fan and NHRA/John Force fan.
Kailey, Licensed Dental Hygienist
Kailey is a graduate from Zimmerman High School and received her Dental Hygiene degree from St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Although she is a new face to our team, she is not a new face to our practice. We first met Kailey while she was in high school when she became a patient at Cities Dental Group. We were so honored to have her join our team after graduating from Hygiene School. She has quickly become a very versatile team member as she not only is an incredible hygienist with an amazing chair side manner, but she also helps Jaiden out with assisting Dr. Lira when needed.
In the summer, Kailey enjoys relaxing at the cabin, fishing, kayaking, and going for long walks with her dog, Harlow. Kailey's winter hobbies include, snowmobiling with family, down hill skiing, and curling up on the couch with a good book. Kailey and her husband, Paul, were married in June of 2018 and they recently bought a home in Monticello.
Jaiden, Licensed Dental Assistant
Jaiden is Dr. Lira's lead assistant. She is a graduate of Big Lake High School and always having an interest in dentistry, she applied to the dental assisting program at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. She was the president of her class and graduated with honors. Jaiden has been a very important addition to our team and we feel very fortunate to have her. She is very excited to meet all of our patients and we are sure she will help make all of our patients feel as comfortable as possible with her warm personality and welcoming smile.
Jaiden grew up in Big Lake, and recently moved into a house in Otsego with her boyfriend. They are very excited for their new adventure together. In the summer Jaiden enjoys spending time up north at her family cabin, playing volleyball and cheering on her Minnesota Twins.